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Reflections of Liverpool
Art should be for everyone
A friendly rivalry exists been Liverpudlians (from Liverpool) and Mancunians (from Manchester). Think Liverpool FC v Manchester United. The Beatles v Oasis. Scouse v Hotpot. And the so list goes on... But the rivalry between theses two neighbouring cities has roots in Victorian times - to industrialisation and in particular the building of the Manchester Ship Canal from the River Mersey and feuding merchants. I've visited the Manchester end of the waterway at Salford Quays many times. Despite being a Mancunian, I love to 'cross the border' to visit the city of Liverpool. I'm always drawn to docklands and historical industrial warehouses and so Albert Dock on the River Mersey is a perfect destination.
It hasn't always been picture-perfect though. WW2 bomb damage and, over the following decades, a dramatic decline in industry and trading to the late 1970s left this area a grim desolate and sewage-filled wasteland- a no-go area. Bleak indeed.
We Mancunians mocked when Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture in 2008. Oh how wrong we were. I'm looking forward to the Transmitting Andy Warhol exhibition coming soon to the Tate Liverpool - a perfect excuse to return.
The River Mersey looks cold and murky but when the sun makes an appearance the crowds flock here to stroll along the promenade on the waterfront. The water is apparently is the cleanest since the Industrial Revolution although I wouldn't dare take a dip in it!
Can you spot the two famous mythical Liver birds perched on the towers of the Liver Building? The legend goes that if these two birds were ever to fly away then the city of Liverpool would cease to exist. They're firmly fastened down!
The Royal Liver building dates back to 1911 and was one of the first buildings in the world to be constructed from reinforced concrete. The elaborate squared building in the middle is the Cunard Building - a reminder of the significance of Liverpool as major port when our ancestors sailed away on the liners to new lives across the globe.
The Beatles seem to be on every street corner in one form or another. And a good excuse to stop for a cuppa!
No photos of cake this time. I've been on a sugar detox for the last two weeks. I know, hard to believe isn't it?
I'm sorry I've not been very productive here over the last few weeks.It's not that I've lost my photo-mojo! I'm busy revamping my website galleries to better reflect my evolving style - and I'll be launching a new print gallery soon. So watch this space!
I hope you liked my Weekend Walk around the waterfront in Liverpool. I highly recommend a visit if you're ever passing by. And don't forget your camera - a paradise for photographers.
If you'd like share your walks with your camera please feel free to add your link in the comments box.
Take care, Helen x
Helen, as always I enjoyed your armchair tour. You captured the mix of Liverpool's old and new beautifully, and I am especially intrigued/inspired by your reflection photos.
I went on a walk with you in mind: http://cindyswainson.blogspot.com/2014/10/weekend-walk-just-up-street.html
I so want to visit Liverpool. I've heard about it from Mark it sounds so dynamic the architecture is so interesting.
fab pictures and lots of interesting info about Liverpool and its buildings
Good for you to be working on your work! I love the contrast of the old and new in your photos. The fab 4 cafe sounds like a great place.
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